Crisis in Ukraine

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  • MISSIONARY PERSPECTIVE: Why I love Ukraine

    by Tom Long, posted Thursday, November 06, 2014 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Charles Braddix/IMB
    Church planter Tom Long describes his struggle to love those who cause conflict and disorder in the country he loves.

    In those early years, I saw lots of growth numerically in believers and church starts. Sure there were difficulties that included long lines to simply purchase bread. However, seeing people who lived under communism for 70 years stepping forward to live in Christ was worth every challenge encountered. Read More

  • Ukraine conflict prompts local church response

    by Marc Ira Hooks, posted Friday, September 12, 2014 (2 years ago)

    UKRAINE (BP) -- Artillery shells rock buildings. Armed men run through the streets firing their weapons. Citizens take refuge in any safe haven they can find. Yet, Christian workers in eastern Ukraine say the church has never been more alive. Read More

  • Ukraine's cry for help & hope stirs U.S. churches to pray, go

    by Ava Thomas, posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (2 years ago)

    NEW ALBANY, Ind. (BP) -- When Becky Dorman sees Ukraine in the news -- the violence, the bombs, the downed aircraft -- she thinks of Marina.

    Dorman, a member at Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany, Ind., met the young Ukrainian woman in 2009 when Dorman's mission team traveled to Ukraine. Marina was a translator for the team.

    "I continue to pray for her, especially for her safety," Dorman said. "Having never been to Ukraine before, she really took my heart."

    A number of churches in the United States have postponed or canceled their plans to do ministry in Ukraine this year because of the unrest. But Christian workers in that region of the world say there is still much that churches "back home" in the United States can do.

    Tim Johnson,* an IMB representative in Ukraine, said the U.S. church has a "great role" in reaching out to Ukraine during these difficult times by creating awareness, continuing to pray and being a part of outreach efforts.

    "Those are great ways for the church to continue to support our Ukrainian brothers and sisters," he said.

    "It's just hard when you know that there's church-planting efforts going on, there's desire to see new work take place, but at the same time there's that cloud of fear that hangs in the air," he said. "So we pray for that to dissipate and that we could have a chance to move forward with clear skies."

    Marina's home is in the Luhansk region, a section of eastern Ukraine torn by conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian army. Her home couldn't have been farther away from war -- or from Dorman's radar -- a few years ago.

    "I remember hearing our pastor say from the pulpit that we needed to have a people group on our heart, and I remember thinking that I didn't even know what a people group was," Dorman, who serves as worship ministry administrative assistant at Graceland Baptist Church, said.

    Then Dorman's daughter, a junior in college, announced she was going to Ukraine to serve for a summer.

    Suddenly the needs in Ukraine came to life for Dorman.

    "I thought, 'You know what? I'll have Ukrainians in my heart," she said.

    She did.

    Since Dorman's initial trip to Ukraine in 2009 she has been twice more. The church partners with Joel*, a former worship pastor of Graceland Baptist. He is co-director of the church-planting program at Kiev Theological Seminary. He served 35 years as worship pastor at Graceland Baptist before he and his wife Mary Ellen* began work with the International Mission Board in Ukraine in 2003.

    Since then, he's partnered with Graceland Baptist to link them with the church planters he trains. Read More

  • Baptists assess damage in eastern Ukraine

    by Marc Ira Hooks, posted Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (2 years ago)

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (BP) -- Cities in eastern Ukraine once held by pro-Russian separatists are slowly returning to normal as residents begin to rebuild their war-torn lives. Read More

  • Russian, Ukraine Baptists voice political divide

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 28, 2014 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Russian and Ukrainian Baptist unions have each cited biblical principle in justifying their opposing views of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, but they appear to still maintain fellowship beyond their differences, historian Albert Wardin told Baptist Press. Read More

  • In Ukraine, displaced people receive aid

    by Mark Kelly, posted Friday, July 18, 2014 (2 years ago)

    KHARKOV, Ukraine (BP) -- Displaced people from the conflict regions of southeastern Ukraine are moving north into the Kharkov area in search of safety, according to reports received by Baptist Global Response. Read More

  • Baptist family flees eastern Ukraine

    by Charles Braddix, posted Monday, June 09, 2014 (2 years ago)

    LUHANSK, Ukraine (BP) -- As the 13:38 train from Luhansk pulled into Kiev's Central Station on June 5, hundreds fleeing political and military unrest in the eastern part of the country spilled onto the platform. Read More

  • Ukraine, Russian Baptists remain united

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 19, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    UKRAINE (BP) -- Baptists in Ukraine and Russia will likely maintain unity beyond contentious political elections and Vladimir Putin's nationalistic aggression, but the U.S. could do more to contain the crisis, said historian Albert W. Wardin Jr. Read More

  • Ukrainian churches face shaky future

    by Ava Thomas, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (3 years ago)

    IMB photo by Charles Braddix
    DONETSK, Ukraine (BP) -- In Tom Long's* city in eastern Ukraine, life is "fairly calm" -- except that people are carrying baseball bats and packing semi-automatic rifles.

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